It may be eight months to go until the next Cape Argus Cycle Tour, but as many cycling fans, fanatics and novices prepare to tackle this mammoth 109km event around the Western Cape of South Africa, questions are already starting to pop-up!
Securing your entry in the Cape Argus Tour 2014 is vital if you want to compete, (there are only 35,000 spots available) but registering is a relatively simple process, and you will be pleased to know that there are few rules and regulations!
Many cyclists have asked us what the Cape Argus Bike Rules are, and if there are any restrictions of the type of bicycle you can ride, and so here are the current ‘rules’ listed on the Cape Argus website, to help you make sure you have the right wheels for your journey around Cape Town:
- Riders may only walk or ride a human-powered vehicle. Any traditional bicycle or tandem powered solely by you is acceptable – providing it is roadworthy. E-Bikes or Powered Bicycles are not allowed.
- Children aged 11-years and over are allowed to ride tandem with an adult.
- If you wish to ride an “unconventional bike”, you need to submit a photograph to the Cycle Tour Trust for authorisation.
- Entrants shall not ride a bicycle fitted with triathlon, time trial or Spinachi-type handlebars, and the Cape Argus Event Organizers reserve the right to disallow the use of certain bladed wheels that are considered unsafe.
- Helmets are compulsory and ever rider must wear one with the strap securely fastened.
- Regular cycling shoes, shorts and jerseys are recommended for the Cape Argus, but you can wear what you like (fancy dress etc.) providing it does not affect your riding skills or that of other riders.
- All riders must display their race numbers legibly on the back of their cycling jersey or t-shirt (safety pins are supplied with your race number – so you do not need to worry about that one!)
- Personal music systems such as iPods, radio communication devices, and cellular phones may not be used during the event.
- Riders shall wear clothing appropriate for a family event at all times.
- No smoking allowed on the route during the Cycle Tour, except in designated areas (believe me you will not have the breath for that!)